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deserves it. and let's face it. he is having a very bad week. anderson cooper starts right now. we have new details about the manhunt for the tsarnaev brothers, what really happened that night in the shootout with police. also, the latest on the investigation, i spoke with the dance teacher who lost the leg in the attack, we'll find out how she is doing a month into her recovery, and when she will be able to dance again. and also tonight, disturbing information on what allegedly went on inside castro's house in cleveland. how the three women were treated, the new law enforcement reports about the horror they n endu endured. we begin with breaking news, the response on the benghazi attack that left four americans dead. a while ago, president obama spoke out on charges that the irs singled out certain groups
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and targeted them for scrutiny. the president promised his administration would work with congress to make sure nothing like this happens again. >> i have reviewed the treasury department watchdog's report. and the misconduct that it uncovered is inexcusable. it is inexcusable, and americans are right to be angry about it. and i am angry about it. i will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency but especially in the irs, given the power that it has and the reach that it has in all of our lives. and as i said earlier, it should not matter what political stripe you're from, the fact of the matter is is that the irs has to operate with absolute integrity. the government generally has to conduct itself in a way that is true to the public trust. that is especially true for the irs. >> also today, the white house released more than 100 pages of
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e-mail correspondence regarding the attacks. the e-mails are between the white house and other agencies and show what they looked to tell congress about the attack. joining me is dana bash, the resignation came about quickly after the irs audit. >> that is right, it came out very quickly, really because the white house clearly got that there was so much outrage, so many unsatisfied republicans and democrats with the inspector general for not assigning blame despite clear wrong-doing at the irs, they new heads needed to roll. that is obvious, not the least of which they wanted to take action. they put the president out there making a statement, then released a terse letter from the
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secretary treasury to steven miller, explaining why he had to go to restore public trust. the other thing that is interesting is that steven miller seems to be the one getting fired. first of all, because he is the guy at the top of the irs right now. but also we're told that a year ago he knew about this targeting. and despite the fact that he was in contact with congress investigating this very thing he didn't tell them or disclose it. >> and he was supposed to testify friday at this hearing of the house. what happens now? >> he is actually still testifying, surprisingly enough. he is still going to go on friday along with the inspector general of the irs, to testify before the house, ways and means committee. actually, according to the letter he sent internally at the irs, he will stay on until june. he is technically still an employee there. they are hoping that maybe because he is not long for this world, i think at the irs he
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will be a little more forthcoming, that may be doubtful, as the attorney general and others make clear he could be subject to similar probes. >> so he knew about it for a year, and there must have been others who knew about it who were actually executing these operations against the conservative groups. so what is happening to them? >> absolutely, that is a big open question. just because the guy at the top is gotten doesn't necessarily mean the job is done. and republicans and democrats agree to that. there was a story broke that steven miller who resigned today told the congressional investigators that two irs employees he described as rogue have been disciplined. we don't know what that means, necessarily, but at least two have been disciplined. we also know that another house committee has asked for the names and interviews of five specific employees. so they know, at least have a
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sense of who is out there, who they want to talk to. this is the beginning of discipline, maybe more, john boehner says he wants people to go to jail. we're probably far from that, but i never know. >> and they have been disciplined, we don't know exactly what that means, jessica, in terms of the benghazi e-mails, what stands out to you? >> well, to a good extent, the e-mails vindicate the situation, on the talking points, anderson, for example, before the state department or white house ever saw the talking points they were changed in the following ways. the word "attack" was changed to demonstration. the word "al-qaeda" saying that al-qaeda may be behind the attacks was taken out entirely. that was all done by the cia before either the white house or the state department ever saw these talking points. and they did it, we are told by senior administration officials because the cia didn't want to
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in any way compromise the fbi investigation that was under way at the time. >> so they said they didn't want to compromise the fbi investigation. the white house is obviously hoping these e-mails show that there was no political cover-up. are there any signs the republicans are satisfied with that? >> no, so already speaker john boehner's spokesperson put out a statement saying this is not at all satisfactory. they were asking for more documentation. i am told we have all the documents, all the talking points, this is it. the only thing left would be notes, or talking points which are not going to come out. one thing that you could point to is there are other e-mails in here that still put the state department, for example on the hook. in some of the talking points changes, they called for the removal of other words in the
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talking points. so you could still see if you want to, political motives for changing the talking points, and so critics will still have fodder to attack the administration which will keep this issue alive for i think sometime to come anderson. >> and gloria, i mean, has anything been changed by this? cleared up? >> no, i really don't think so. as jess was saying, the republicans are unsatisfied. i think the only thing that is kind of clear here from looking through these e-mails is how unwieldy the bureaucracy is, for whatever reason, the bureaucracy is unwieldy when it tries to come to a point of clarity. and they were dealing with classified information. some of which had been spoken about. and what we saw in the chain is something that started out as something that was much more complex and nuanced and that winded up with a piece of information that actually turned out to be untrue.
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congress will continue to look into this. and i think this may move from the question of e-mails to the question of just what went wrong in benghazi, as you heard, greg hicks talked about it. the congressional hearings, what went wrong, what needed to change. who didn't get the support that they needed from the air. could they have gotten that support in the heat of battle. and these are the kinds of questions that i think you're going to start to hear more and more about. i mean, questions about e-mail and political in-fighting and cover-up and all the rest may take -- you know, second place to the real issues here, which are about how do you prevent this from ever occurring again, anderson? >> and gloria, you have learned about a meeting at the white house tomorrow with democrat strategists, what is this? >> well, they have invited in-strategist in-strategists, the chief of
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staff, dennis mcdonough has weekly in-staff meetings to kind of take their pulse. no surprise to me it is a bunch of strategists who are very good at damage control. we've seen the white house start as dana talked about on the damage control on the irs. they want to try to figure out a way to get some advice about how to get back to their agenda. how did they ever work with republicans after all they have gone through? and what steps the president can take pro actively to convince the american public that he is working for issues that matter to them. so they're bringing in the strategists to kind of bend their ears. >> and dana, what made it harder with the irs thing, it just seems there are early days in the scandal. there is a lot more information and data to come out. the second term agenda, he needs republicans. what has it done to that? >> well, this is a distraction. no question, i talked to a
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senior democratic source on capitol hill and they're concerned about the issue, the most tenuous, and possibly the most important thing to get done is immigration reform. and those on the democratic side are really knee deep, trying to make sure there is a bipartisan bill that can get through the senate. and eventually the house. they're being very quiet about these scandals, and particularly about the irs. this is -- the irs certainly is of all of them, the most bipartisan in terms of the outrage. but if you put it altogether these are distractions and they are not very welcome at all particularly by democrats in the house -- >> can i just point out, the president had john mccain in, and because that is the linchpin to moving forward. if he can keep john mccain on immigration reform, the belief is here he has an accomplishment
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and can turn the narrative around. the deficit, the projection that it is more than expected. that pushes a fight on the debt ceiling. they feel like if they get accomplishments the scandals will fade. >> all right, dana bash, gloria borger, let me know what you think, follow me on anderson cooper. coming up, boston strong, a month later, we're here on the one-month anniversary of the bombings. the manhunt for the suspects and what really happened that night in the shootout in watertown. you're actually looking at live images here on boylston street. feel better, a lot of people feel the city is moving forward and is strong. also, new information on ariel castro's house. we're getting more information from law enforcement about what allegedly went on inside the house. lot of money on their car insurance by switching to geico...they may even make you their best man. may i have the rings please? ah, helzberg diamonds.
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d . welcome back, here in boston it has been a month since the bombings, and lives were changed forever. at 2:50 p.m., after the bombings, they observed a moment of silence. boston police also put their flags back to full staff.
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there is an out-pouring of support for the victims, one fund has raised more than $30 million to help the victims and families. payment will be made at the end of june, there are still questions, of course work to be done in the investigation of the bombings. the widow of tamerlan tsarnaev is said to be speaking with the investigators, we'll learn more about that. and we learned more about the shootout with the brother, we now know that nearly 300 rounds were fired, almost all of them coming from police. cnn learned that they only had one gun between them, which was a pistol. drew griffin has more. >> reporter: this is all police knew at the time. >> officer down. >> reporter: an m. i. t. officer was shot and killed.
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they released pictures of the bombers and tensions were high when this alert went out. >> shots fired in watertown. >> reporter: get to watertown. police raced to the intersection of laurel and dexter streets to face what amounted to chaos. >> they have explosives, type of grenades, they're in between houses down here. loud explosions, loud explosions, shots fired. >> reporter: the tsarnaev brothers were in the middle of the street, firing bullets, throwing their homemade bombs and in return facing a massive barrage of police bullets. two local law enforcement sources tell cnn the tsarnaevs had just one gun between them. and when the older brother, tamerlan, was tackled by police that one gun was empty. it was the moment his younger brother tried to make a run for it in a stolen suv.
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>> there was a lot of gunfire at that point. that was -- probably the highest point in gunfire, and really, as soon as that -- as soon as the suv turned around in the street it was just accelerated gunfire, all coming from the officers. >> you grabbed your iphone and -- >> i grabbed my phone and just immediately jumped onto the bed and started to take pictures. >> andrew kitchenburg crouched and took these dramatic pictures, and saw the escape. so did an eyewitness, jane dyson, at that moment she said it appeared that an individual fell to the ground and probably was hit by gunfire. that would have been transit officer, richard donohue, standing right here, at the time he was shot, tamerlan was on the
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street, his brother, dzhokhar, was driving away. only the police are firing. officially, state police say the matter remains under investigation. the law enforcement sources tell cnn officer richard donohue was struck by a bullet fired by police. only the heroic actions of his fellow officers to stop the bleeding in his thigh saved his life. it was a close call. there would be many. that is because when all the shooting finally finished, neighbors surveying the damage in and out of their homes found bullet holes everywhere, in this apartment above the street at the firefight. at this home across the street. this is a half a block behind where the tsarnaevs made their last stand. the home has three bullets, unless the brothers turned away and fired away from police, these bullets, too, came from
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law enforcement. he was not home the night of the shooting, but his niece was and said she heard and felt the bullets whizzing by, inside his house. >> these are two bullets found in your home. >> yeah, this one here came through and landed right near the stair case, near the pedestal. and then the other one in the closet went through one closet, went to the other side, and through the stair case, as well. >> those bullets were later recovered by the fbi. on that night, officers from several police forces converged on this chaotic scene. nearly 300 rounds were fired, almost all by police, a shooting barrage described by police, contagious. >> if you look back at cases in the past, we find that if one person starts shooting it immediately causes other people
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to start shooting. >> john dicarlo is a professor, spent 32 years as a cop, seven as a police chief in connecticut. he was reluctant to be interviewed because he, like other criticins on the issue, believe the police responded as heroes. >> it almost becomes a war zone, and things that occur in a very dynamic moment of a situation like the one unfolding in boston and watertown are not necessarily, no matter how hard our police work, what they are trained to do. >> dicarlo tells us what several experts who wouldn't go on camera also told us. they believed that police didn't receive enough firearms training and that local and state forces do not train together enough. the shooting has not dimmed the praise for police who put themselves in harm's way.
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>> it is right underneath my son's bedroom. >> reporter: but at laurel and dexter streets, each bullet hole is a reminder of just how close those heroes came to causing a tragedy. >> and drew griffin joins me here live, i think it is important to point out, this is not a criticism of the police, but it is important to understand what happened that night so that the next time police can learn from it. >> learn from it each and every time they have to respond. we've seen this before, anderson, we've seen it after katrina on the bridge, in new york, when you have the c contagious shooting they're talking about. this is under investigation by the middlesex county district attorney's office. we're not sure if they're investigating the shootings of the homes, but there is another shooting we learned about. a black suv, unmarked car belonging to the boston police
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department. this car was on its way to the scene responding to the watertown incident when it was shot at and hit by the state troopers. >> the boston police department, the troopers obviously had no idea, they assumed that these were the tsarnaevs getting away, but they didn't check. they fired on the car, they hit the car, nobody was hurt, but according to the massachusetts state police, while it is still under investigation, the theory behind the report of an unmarked car reported, some combination of personnel mistook it for one of the two vehicles. that is under investigation, pretty scary and dangerous for all. >> we saw that the christopher dorner manhunt, there were at least one vehicle, two shot upon. it happens a lot. drew, i appreciate the investigation. as we mentioned, tamerlan's widow has met with the investigators. kathryn russell is not off the
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hook, and her cooperation will be at issue. earlier i spoke with john miller, senior correspondent at cbs this morning. >> so john, there is news that tamerlan's widow is not quite off the hook yet, does that line up with what you're hearing? >> yes, it does, there are a number of hoops she has to jump through to get off the hook. and her lawyers are going to have to work through that with the u.s. attorney and ultimately the fbi. it still boils down to, she was living with a person that was plotting for at least a few or couple of months, in an apartment where dzhokhar tsarnaev told the police they actually made the bombs. so there is the question how could all of that go on, either without -- knowing about it, or at least suspicious that things that were going on were suspicious. she has said she has no idea
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about the plot. >> and 30 days into the investigation, how much progress are the investigators making to the extent of the plot and the overseas connections? >> well, the overseas connections are being filled out. the fbi traveled with the fsb and got some of their documents and the results of some of their interviews in moscow. but it appears as of now that tamerlan tsarnaev traveled to russia for six months in the dagestan region, that he made one contact, possibly two, to the radical people over there. both of whom ended up being killed in subsequent attacks. that he tried to join three fighting groups, one was suspicious of him. a second didn't feel he measured up. the third didn't take him. he felt a, it is dangerous here, two were killed, none of the groups want me and i can launch my fight at home.
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>> and these indications that the wounded mbta officer was likely hit by friendly fire and the damage to the residential homes from one police vehicle came from officers. no one is criticizing the police, but they were that night in particular under an enormous amount of pressure. it speaks to the chaos of how things unfold. >> well, the police are used to criticism. they get criticized for an awful lot. but this certainly was the fog of war, you had people shooting at you with one 9 mm handgun, and they're throwing the hand grenades. that is a scene of enormous chaos, in a normal environment, you figure out where the suspect is, you come in from one direction, you deploy it in a planned matter. this was not that kind of thing. this is the kind of thing where they were engaged in a firefight, called for help. and help comes from whatever
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direction it comes from. so if you take officer dick donohue and his partner, they end up on one side of the street, the others on the other side of the street. that is right for the possibility of cross-fire. it is possible he was hit by friendly fire or by one of tamerlan tsarnaev's bullets. but the bullet is still in his leg. until the doctors decide there is a time to take it out we wouldn't really know. >> john miller, appreciate you being on, thank you. >> thank you. >> we're going to have more from here in boston, just ahead. also new details in the ariel castro investigation. more information was taken from the house where he allegedly held three captive for more than ten years, and also what the women endured. she lost her foot, part of her lower left leg in the boston bombings. she said she would return to the dance floor one day. we'll talk to her ahead. [ male announcer ] this is kevin.
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adria . a lot more from boston tonight, we want to bring you up to date on the investigation in cleveland, the latest information we have today, investigators went back inside the house at 2207 seymour
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avenue, where the women were held to close to a decade. one discovered what an iphone was, that is how cut off she was. ariel castro is facing charges of rape. the relatives never suspected anything was wrong. many find that hard to believe. but some say he played loud music when they came around, not letting them go past the kitchen. one of his daughters, emily castro, who herself is serving a 25-year sentence for the attempted murder of her own child. this is what she recently told a private investigator about visiting her husband's house. >> the upstairs is blocked off with a big base speaker. i figured since he lived there so long that he didn't have any need for those -- what -- there is four bedrooms upstairs. he didn't have any need for them. so i was kind of like can i sleep upstairs in my old
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bedroom. he said no, because it is cold there, blocked off, dusty. so i was just like okay. >> well, just to be clear, emily castro says looking back all three women were inside the house at the time of that visit. tonight, we're also hearing more about what amanda berry, michelle knight and gina dejesus may have endured at that house. what are you hearing, you hear that michelle knight may need surgery after all the beatings. you learned more about that. >> reporter: anderson, we spoke with the fbi in cleveland, the agent says it was not true. there is no deformty, she says none of the victims look weird, they have not seen the sunshine for so long, they are also thin. keep in mind we learned that michelle knight had been beaten by ariel castro, including with objects such as hand weights, there is an emergency here
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having nothing to do with this case it seems. but they clarified from reporting out there, there was some sort of hierarchy in the home, because amanda was treated better. maybe the women were not so close, all of them were walking around and talking at the hospital together. they were all concerned equally about each other. and cnn's pam brown learned that gina and michelle communicated by phone at least once since their release. they were so afraid of ariel castro, the agent said it was not because they didn't trust amanda. >> and castro's attorneys are now speaking out about their client, what are their saying. >> they talked with castro apparently for about three hours at the county jail, where he is held in isolation. they're worried if he will get a
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fair trial, but they have no fear of repercussion about somebody who they say has been villified. listen to what was said. >> i think that the initial portrayal by the media has been one of a "monster "and that is not the impression that i got when i talked to him for three hours. he is a human being, and what is offensive is that the media, and i don't mean it towards you, but the media and the community wants to demonize this man before they really know the whole story. and i think it is unfair and just not equitable. >> anderson, you may remember that one of those attorneys, jay schlackett represented the serial killer, anthony sowell, and that is another high profile case. >> yeah, they are the attorneys,
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what are they going to say? but it was actually family members who used the terms. not the media. just to report, adrianne davis, agreed to let us follow her journey back to the dance floor, she is determined to dance y again, lots of work ahead, but adrianne can already see the future. when you visualize dance, can you see the future? >> it does. why are twice as many people choosing verizon
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bombing. they're stopping by to pay their respects. there is a lot of pride about how the city has become and how far the individuals who survived the bombings have come. for so many, the stretch of pavement here on boylston street has a lot of meaning. it is the dividing line between what was and what will never be the same. 275 people were injured here a month ago, six still hospitalized. we think of them, more than a dozen victims lost limbs, and among them, adrianne davis. her left leg was amputated below the knee. i talked to her just days ago, you can't forget her, she is determined to dance again, i have no doubt she will. we'll follow her in the recovery months ahead. here is how far she has come in just four weeks. this was adrianne a week after the boston marathon bombings. >> how close were you to the second explosion? >> i was right in front of it. right in front of the business where it was.
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so i felt the direct impact. and it immediately blew off my left foot. >> how far away was the bomb, do you know? >> my guess it would have been about five feet. >> five feet. >> yeah, we're lucky to be alive. >> her strength, along with her husband, adam, who just returned from a tour in afghanistan and was in the air force was also injured in the bombing, inspired people around the world. >> you're determined to dance again? >> dancing is the one thing that when i do it, i don't feel like i should be doing anything else. we ever. i feel so free. >> adrianne agreed to let us follow her on the long road to recovery to dance again. >> 18, 19, 20. >> and while she faces months of grueling therapy, her physical training as a dancer has better prepared her to navigate the world with one leg.
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she also agreed to videotape her everyday life, her new normal. >> i am getting my very first maintenan manicure and pedicure, i'm feeling more like a girl, more normal, only one of my feet are getting painted. check those babies are. >> there are simple milestones, and there are others that are hard. >> i'll be going home tomorrow, and -- it makes me really sad. because i don't feel like i'm ready. i'm nervous. and scared to walk the streets of boston. for the first time after all of this. and i have been living in this
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bubble of safety, now i'm just going to go out into the real world. and the real world with bombs. and strangers and memories. that i don't know if i'm ready to face. >> two and a half weeks after the bombing, it is time to go home. >> i really appreciate the encouraging words. >> you show them what can happen, instead of the bad guys. >> instead of the bad guys, that is right. i totally agree. >> you go, girl. >> and the next day despite her fears she returns to boylston street where it all happened. >> after seeing the memorial and people there just paying their respects, and hearing people tell me that i was an inspiration is very sweet, first of all that they would want to give me their support. but i think it is also for them, it is important to see that all of us that were affected are moving on and trying to find some sort of normalcy, and for
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them to be able to kind of have that knowledge that life goes on after such a horrible tragedy. >> well, a lot of people here and around the country are rooting for you, adrianne, and all the others injured. the co-workers at the arthur murray dance studio set up a memorial, if you wish to make a contribution go to the adrianne fund, i sat down with her, and excited to cover her progress. it has been a month, how are you doing? >> yeah, i'm doing better and better every day. lots of learning about myself and kind of how to function, especially just in the past -- gosh, in the past week. or week and a half since leaving rehab hospital. >> what has been the hardest part? >> i would say the hardest part on a daily basis as far as just the function, day to day function is just the simple things like getting up to go to the bathroom and showering and
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getting ready in the morning. just the simple little things that you have your daily routine. and in the middle of the night if you have to get up and use the rest room it is a task. >> so right now you're using a wheelchair? >> yeah, i am, mostly using a wheelchair to get around the city and such. i took a pretty bad fall about four or five days ago. i was not behaving -- meaning, i was hopping between the bed and the closet because i just needed to get one thing. >> so hop is not behaving? >> it is not behaving, no, not at all. i hopped and lost my footing and landed directly onto my left leg and it was horribly painful. >> so you actually fell right on it? >> i fell on it, all of my weight, on the top of it. all that tender muscle and stitches and nerves that are already painful and angry. and just -- screamed, almost a
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surprising scream. >> uh-huh. >> where you scream and you don't really realize it is you because it is that painful. >> does it feel real to you at this point? has it all sunk in? >> it is interesting, it -- it felt so much more real since i fell. i don't know -- if it was me just kind of realizing, physically that my leg was not there anymore. but it was really hard for me, i think -- it sort of made me realize that i was a lot weaker than i thought i was. which is a hard -- hard thing to think about. it definitely woke me up and made me realize that i am -- i need to take a little bit better care of myself and slow down. >> well, as you may have noticed, adrianne is not a sit back and wait kind of person. she is the first to admit she is impatient. she talks about the goal she set for herself, to dance again, the
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we were just playing part of my interview with adrianne davis, when i first met her the week after the bombing, she said if she danced again, i could take lessons which i badly need. she is determined to hold me to that. i regretted making that promise, but i look forward to the dance lessons. here is part two of the interview. do you think of dancing? >> yes. >> do you listen to music? >> i really started to enjoy it. i realize now i'm in a process of healing more so than i was before. and i am -- >> that is interesting, you're in a process of healing more than before. how do you mean it? >> i think starting to see the swelling going down, and having, you know, graduated from the therapy and becoming stronger,
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physically, because of the physical therapy. and i think all of that combined, i feel like i'm closer and closer to my prosthetic, which means i'm closer to dancing again. even though i knew i would be dancing again, i had all of these people telling me i would, i am starting to believe it. >> you can envision it? >> yes, and i have the music and the choreography in my head, because of that -- >> when you listen to music now do you visualize yourself dancing? >> yes. >> it makes you smile a lot? >> it did. >> one of the things we talked about in the hospital, you said you danced so much, your foot was like a muscle. and the prosthetics were not really built to kind of i guess balance in that way. >> uh-huh. >> have you learned more about it? i mean, do you think you will be
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able to dance? >> you know, i -- i definitely remember talking about that. and i don't know -- i haven't learned anything differently since then. so i still have that same concern, that i know i'll be able to dance for sure. and that makes me ecstatic. but as far as dancing in the level i was before, which is using the muscle and the inside and outside edge of my foot and pushing off of those muscles and having to work the same way, i'm not quite sure yet. i have a lot of prosthetic companies that are being -- just as curious as i am. on wanting to build and learn and sort of figure that out with me. so i am excited to make that happen hopefully and kind of maybe -- kind of figure it out together. design it together. >> i know your husband -- who was injured also in the blast,
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was relieved because he didn't have to take dancing lessons, he was just about to take dancing lessons, has he started? >> he can't bear weight, your only excuse is that i don't have a foot yet. >> yes, i know, i mean i want you to get a foot, but i'm nervous about our dance lessons. >> i know, i'm well on my way, it will take me a while to dance again and walk again, you're lucky. >> maybe i'll take lessons before, so i can say these are my first lessons. but it is so funny, so many people come up to me and said on camera, you now get to do it. >> people come up to me and are more excited for you to dance than me dance. >> i look forward to it. >> me too, me too. >> definitely look forward to it. there is a lot more happening tonight. >> anderson, we have breaking news out of hood county, texas, about 40 miles southwest of dallas, ft. worth, where the
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sheriff's office confirms multiple fatalities after a tornado, at least three homes are flattened in granbury, texas, and our affiliate, wfaa. the search and rescue effort is under way right now. the state of emergency has been declared in the county. and a triage center has now been opened. farther east, the storm spotters report seeing a mile-wide twister, near cleburne and the rio vista area. there are power outages and potential leaks. again if you are just joining us, the sheriff's office reported multiple fatalities from a tornado. and here we see an overturned semi-tractor-trailer. when you look at the pictures on the screen it gives you a sense
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of just how powerful the storm was. let's show you the scene in downtown dallas, sirens are going off letting people know of the danger. a tornado warning is in effect there until 10:15 local time. all right get the situation now. the sheriff joins us on the phone. thank you so much for joining us at what is obviously a very busy time for you. what can you tell us about the situation in hood county right now? >> well, we're trying to make our way in and throughout the subdivision of the area where we have the vast majority of the devastation and the homes being destroyed. that is where we have multiple casualties, i'm not sure how many yet. there are multiple injuries and bad injuries, where people are -- losing limbs, amputees. so i'm not sure of how many injuries we have. we're trying to coordinate that through a triage area and get them to the hospital and all the help we can get out there. so we're still working on that, clearing roads.
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we have lots of law enforcement and fire and ems on scene right now. they have the location centers, the churches, the first christian church, 377 just up by the tractor supply up by the high school. and the first methodist church north of town, highway 51 and the loop. >> all right, for those of you just joining us, sheriff deeds, you confirm there are serious injuries and fatalities, but you cannot confirm a number, how wide an area are we talking about here? >> from what it looks like right now, about a half mile square area. >> about a half mile square area. we're seeing reports of power outages and gas leaks, what can you tell us about the situation to right those problems because those are pretty major problems? >> yeah, we're trying to get -- gas pumpers out there to shut down lines. we have some leaks going on with high pressure lines. it is not affecting or hurting anybody at this point.
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and then we have multiple propane tanks out in that area, so we're trying to get responders out there to shut those type of gas leaks off. so it is not actually blown out. just propane tanks would have been toppled over. we're just trying to get the tanks to shut off. >> sheriff deeds, we're just getting information just coming to us right now. in the ft. worth area, that there have been over 100 injuries and several fatalities. that is according to -- we're getting that, i'm going to source that information for you right now. coming from the director of public affairs, for med star mobile health care. thank you so much for joining us, what can you tell us about the situation? we're getting the numbers, over 100 injured in ft. worth and fatalities? >> yes, ma'am, we have actually
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procured four ambulances and buses carrying people to hood county. there are reports there are multiple casualties as the sheriff indicated. and the information that we're getting from the sheriff's office right now, as many as 100 people injured with multiple fatalities. so we're sending the resources down to the sheriff and his team and the american medical services for the folks in granbury. >> and what are you hearing about the situation? the sheriff has said they could be looking at amputees in some cases. >> we're still going through the triage area, the folks in granbury are setting up the triage areas, helping, assisting them in the process and providing them whatever resources they need to get the patients definitive care and released back to where they can resume their normal activities in granbury. >> and this triage, can you give
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us a sense of those operating it, how well they're coping with it right now. because this is a severe situation with large numbers involved. >> certainly, the sheriff and his team and all the folks in granbury are dealing with the unknowns, the power, they're getting conflicting information. they're doing a really outstanding job of organizing. if they need to go out and do the search and rescue, identify patients who may not be able to move, be able to evacuate the patients to the triage center. >> all right, matt stand by for us. sheriff, i want to bring you back in here. the search and rescue operation is continuing. what can you tell us about that? you mentioned a number of flattened homes? >> sheriff, do we still have is you with us, roger deeds? okay, we seemed to have lost sheriff deeds, of course as you would imagine this is an extremely busy time for him and local officials in the area.
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we still have the director of public affairs in med star mobile health care. matt, what can you tell us about the damage? we're talking about a wide area. what can you tell us about the scale of damage that occurred here? >> it is very difficult to do that. obviously, it is parked here, what they're doing is having to use all the facilities, other means to go out and do that house to house search. find the damage, in a very difficult type of operating environment. again, you may recognize that with these types of tornadoes they touch down in the hop scotch. the tornado you reported being a mile wild in cleburne also offered an additional challenge, the reports may come in soon. we'll mobilize the additional resources to be able to send the folks to cleburne and the entire county area. a lot of unknowns, this is truly breaking news, again, the darkness doesn't help. crews on scene doing a great job
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to reach out to the folks that were unable to get to shelters in the triage area. we can provide you can additional updates as we find out more information. >> all right, matt zavadsky, director of public health, our thoughts and prayers are with all of those in this area. we wish you luck with the search and rescue, we'll continue to check in with you, back to anderson in boston in just a moment. a mechanical engineer. and i shop at walmart. truth is, over sixty percent of america shops at walmart every month. i find what i need, at a great price. and the money i save goes to important things. braces for my daughter. a little something for my son's college fund. when people look at me, i hope they see someone building a better life. vo: living better: that's the real walmart. we're not in london, are we? no. why? apparently my debit card is. what? i know.
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